Grinaker retires as wrestling coach
After 30 years as head coach of the Cobber wrestling team, Vernon " Grinaker '48, announced his retirement following the completion of the 1984-85 season. Ron Nellermoe, a former Cobber wrestler and Grinaker's assistant for the past three seasons will assume the position.
"The thing I'll miss the most is the wrestlers,'' Grinaker said. "The kids have been a great bunch to work with, and all of them are special to me."
Grinaker, who will continue as assistant football coach and teacher, started the wrestling program in 1955 when a group of students expressed their interest in the sport. During his 30 years, the Cobbers have produced 18 all-Americans, a three-time national champion Barry Bennett, 1976-78), four national runners-up, 49 conference champions and 12 most-outstanding MIAC tournament wrestlers.
The Cobbers also produced a dual meet won-lost-tied record of 190-157-7 and finished third or better in the MIAC 23 times.
Born in Fargo, N.D., and raised in Hawley and Halstad, Minn., Grinaker started coaching at Concordia in 1949. He later earned a master of arts degree at the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, and a master of science degree at the University of Oregon, Eugene.
Nellermoe '62, associate professor of biology and chairperson of the Science Teacher Preparation Program, earned his master of science degree and his doctorate at the University of North Dakota.
Three wrestlers compete nationally
Three members of the Concordia wrestling team qualified for the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III national tournament at Augustana College, Rock Island, Ill March 1-2.
The wrestlers qualified for the tournament by capturing Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles at the conference tournament held at Bethel College, St. Paul, Minn., on Feb.14.
In NCAA competition, Jeffrey Neil, a senior majoring in business administration and communications from Crookston, Minn., was upset in the first round 5-3 in the 142-pound division. Completing his fourth year of wrestling at Concordia Neil captured his third MIAC tit and for the second time was named the MIAC's outstanding wrestler. He finished with a 31-6 win-loss season record and an 88-29 career record.
Paul Morlock, a junior majoring in business administration from Moorhead, started the tournament by pinning the fifth seed in the 190-pound division in 2:45, but lost his next two matches. The tournament left him with a 21-12 season record.
Paul Donner, a junior majoring in math and bus administration from Clark field, Minn., was eliminated in the first round 14-6, giv mg him a season record of 23-7.
As a team, the Cobbers completed one of their most successful dual-meet
seasons by finishing with a win-loss tie record of 11-4-1 and third in
the MIAC, two points behind second place St. John's, Collegeville, Minn.
Young gymnastics team performs well for new coach
A young Concordia women's gymnastics team performed competitively for first-year coach Kathy Bourdon. The seven-member team consisted of four freshmen, two sophomores and one junior.
Amy Getter, a freshman from Minneapolis, led the team in overall score with an average of 28.38. Her best performance, a first-place finish, came in a triangular meet with Augsburg College Minneapolis, and the University of Wisconsin River Falls, where her overall score was 29.95
Laura Behm, a sophomore from Kandiyohi, Minn., finished the season with
the highest individual marks by scoring an 8.4 and 8.5 in the floor exercise.
The marks were set during a meet against Minot (N.D.) State College and
at a triangular meet with Minot State and Augsburg, respectively As a team
the Cobbers best score came in the triangular meet with Augsburg and River
Falls where they finished with a season high, 136.15 points. The mark was
just .25 points behind Augsburg and 6.5 behind River Falls.
Cobber skaters finish eighth
Although the Concordia men's hockey team compiled a disappointing 3-13 conference win-loss record and an overall record of 6-20 coach Allen Rice feels the team still had several high points in the season.
Early in the year, the Cobbers finished fourth in the MIAC Thanksgiving Tournament. They lost the third place game 6-5 to Augsburg College in a contest they led in the third period.
Mark Rice, a junior from Moorhead, was named to the MIAC all-conference
team. Teammates David Swanberg a senior from East Grand Forks, Minn.; sophomores
Larry Goos from Rose Minn., and Todd Thompson from Devils Lake, N.D and
freshman Brian Johnston of Thief River Falls, Mm were selected for the
MIAC honorable mention team.
Men Cobbers set new records
The Concordia College men's basketball team finished seventh in the MIAC with a win-loss record of 9-11 and an overall record of 13-12.
Season highlights for the team included setting a Cobber record for highest freethrow percentage in one game, 92.5, and highest field goal percentage in one game, 67.5. Both records were set against the College of St. Thomas, St. Paul, on Jan.30.
The team also established a new point differential by holding opposing teams to an average of 68 points per game and scoring an average of 73 points. The new mark a differential of five points exceeds the previous record of three points set during the 1981-82 season.
Senior co-captain Brad Willis, a hospital administration major from Wadena, Minn., was named to the MIAC all-conference team. Juniors Daniel Douglas from Detroit Lakes, Minn., and Darrel Pederson from Lake Park, Minn., were named members of the MIAC all conference honorable mention team. The selection was Douglas' second straight
Willis led the team in scoring with a 13.4 points-per game-average,
followed by Pederson with 13.2. Pederson, who led the team in rebounds,
6.8 per game, was also voted the team's most valuable player.
Lady Cobbers earn berth in NCAA tourney
For the fourth consecutive year the Concordia women's basketball team competed in the NCAA Division III regional tournament. The team finished the regular season second in the MIAC with a 15-5 conference record. Two losses in the regional tournament gave the team a 16-12 overall record.
In the first round of play the Cobbers lost 68-59 to eventual regional winner Pomona-Pitzer College of Claremont, Calif. They were defeated in the third-place game 72-66 by MIAC champion St. Mary's College of Winona, Minn. Jessica &achy, a biology major from Staples, Minn., was the only freshman named to the 12-member all tournament team. Beachy was subsequently named to the freshman all-American team and was selected as honorable mention on the all-American team.
Beachy and JoDee Bock, a senior English and communications major from Lisbon, N.D., were both named to the MIAC all-conference team. For Bock the selection was the third straight in her four-year career. Bock, who led the team in scoring for the third consecutive year with an average of 14.5 points per game, was the 10th leading scorer in the MIAC. Beachy led the conference in free-throw percentage and was second on the team in scoring.
JoDee Bock, a senior from Lisbon, N.D., motions for the ball during
her final MIAC contest, a 91-81 victory over Macalester College Feb.21.
Bock, who scored 26 points and grabbed 14 rebounds during the game, was
named all-MIAC for the third consecutive year.